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Assessments in Schools

Schools have the flexibility of determining the assessments within their Balanced Assessment System.

The assessments listed below, which are marked with asterisk (*) are required by Colorado state law and are administered at all schools.

Please view the Testing Calendar contact the school for specific testing dates.


*ACCESS (WIDA)

The purpose of ACCESS for ELLs is to monitor student progress in English language proficiency (ELP) on an annual basis and to serve as a criterion to aid in determining when ELLs have attained language proficiency comparable to that of their English-proficient peers. This is given to all students identified as English learners (NEP and LEP) in grades K-12.  Please view the Testing Calendar and contact the school for specific testing dates.

 

For more information, visit www.wida.us

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

AP exams are optional for students enrolled in AP classes.  The exams measure student performance in rigorous, college level classes and university credit may be awarded to students who perform well.  Contact the school for specific testing dates.

 

For more information, visit AP Central

 

AIMSweb

AIMSweb is an assessment system that provides the framework for Response To Intervention implementations and tiered instruction. It offers multiple assessments for universal screening and progress monitoring, and web-based data management, charting, and reporting. Also provided are screening tools and interventions for behavior and social skills.  Contact the school for specific testing dates.

 

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Is required for all 3rd grade students to help identify highly able and gifted students.  This test measures student’s abilities in reasoning and problem solving using verbal, quantitative and nonverbal (spatial) symbols.  This test is administered to students at the beginning of 3rd grade. Please view the Testing Calendar and contact the school for specific testing dates.

 

*Colorado Alternate Assessment:Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

The DLM assessment program is designed for students with significant cognitive disabilites for whom, the general education assessments, even with accommodations, are not appropriate.The DLM year-end assessment model is used for English Language Arts and mathematics. Additionally, students in grades 5, 8 and 11 will take the science assessments.  The social studies assessments will be administered in grades 4 and 7 on a sampling basis to one-third of the elementary and middle school students.  Please view the Testing Calendar and contact the school for specific testing dates.

For more information, visit CDE.  

*CMAS

The Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS): Science and Social Studies assessments will be administered in elementary, middle and high schools in the spring of 2018.  Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 will take the science assessments.  The social studies assessments will be administered in grades 4 and 7 on a sampling basis to one-third of the elementary and middle school students. Please view the Testing Calendar and contact the school for specific testing dates.

Diagnostic Reading Assessment 2 (DRA2)

Aids in identification and planning for kindergarten and early elementary students whose reading readiness skills are below grade level expectations. Grades K-3 are assessed in reading skills to meet the Colorado READ Act standards.  Please contact the school for specific testing dates.  

International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams

These exams are optional for students enrolled in the IB program. Successes on IB exams validate high performance on world-recognized curriculum.  University credit may be awarded to students who demonstrate high achievement or are awarded an IB Diploma. Please contact the school for specific testing dates.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

Monitors student progress on State standards throughout the school year for select students in Grades K-12. Data is used for instructional planning and monitoring.  MAP by NWEA is an adaptive computer assessment.  Please view the Testing Calendar and contact the school for specific testing dates.

 

For more information visit NWEA Parent Toolkit

 

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Schools are randomly selected and students within schools are randomly selected to participate.  Students are selected by age and are generally in 4th or 8th grade.  This assessment is given on a sampling basis and only on odd years.  Results are aggregated at the state level.  Please view the Testing Calendar and contact the school for specific testing dates.

*Post Secondary/Workforce Readiness (PWR) Exams

Each public high school is required to administer PWR (high school) assessments adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE) and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) to every student in grades 9-12.  Please contact the school for specific testing dates.

 

*PARCC (Partnerships for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)

In compliance with legislation, Colorado joined the PARCC consortium as a governing member in August, 2012. PARCC is a multi-state assessment consortium that is developing shared English language arts/literacy (ELA/L) and mathematics assessments. About 10 states participate in the consortium. As a governing member, Colorado is committed to relying on the PARCC assessment system for grades 3-9.  Please view the Testing Calendar and contact the school for specific testing dates.

*Colorado PSAT 8/9(Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)

Colorado ninth-graders will take the PSAT 8/9 as the statewide assessment in English language arts and math beginning in the spring of 2018, replacing the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in those subjects for the ninth grade.

This spring the Colorado Legislature passed House Bill 17-1181, which amended the high-school testing requirements and replaced the assessments with one that is aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards as well as to the 10th-grade assessment. The PSAT 10 that high school sophomores have taken for the past two years is required to be aligned with the state’s college entrance exam that 11th graders take – the SAT.

 The legislation aligned Colorado’s English language arts and math assessments into a cohesive suite through the 11th grade. The PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10 and SAT will provide the state, districts and schools with a longitudinal, evidence-based assessment system that measures growth in relation to essential college and career readiness. For more information visit PSAT.

 

*Colorado PSAT 10(Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)

The PSAT 10 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT in a way that makes sense for 10th graders.  It builds on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.  The PSAT 10 also aligns with Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) and with the SAT that students will take in 11th grade.  Please view the Testing Calendar and contact the school for specific testing dates.   For more information visit PSAT.

*Colorado SAT(Scholastic Aptitude Test)

Colorado has administered a college entrance exam each spring to all 11th grade students enrolled in public schools since 2001. In 2015, the Colorado legislature passed House Bill 15-1323, requiring the state to competitively bid for a new 10th grade exam that is aligned to both the Colorado Academic Standards and an 11th grade college entrance exam.  The legislation also added the opportunity for students to take an additional, optional essay as part of their college entrance exam at no cost to the student. The selection committee chose the PSAT for 10th graders and the SAT for the 11th grade college entrance exam. The CO PSAT 10 and CO SAT will be given each spring, beginning in 2017, for the next 5 years.  Please view the Testing Calendar and contact the school for specific testing dates.  For more information visit SAT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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